Prevent Windows Update from taking up so much bandwidth with this guide.
Frequent and untimely Windows Updates are easily one of the most irritating experiences for a Windows user. If you’re worried about the Internet bandwidth Windows Update uses to download all those updates, we’ve got good news for you.
Fortunately, Windows 10 and 11 allow you to limit the network bandwidth used by Windows Update while downloading updates. Read on as we walk you through how to restrict the network bandwidth used by Windows Update.
What does “network bandwidth” mean?
You may have heard the term “bandwidth” in the context of the speed of your Internet connection, but there is a small technical difference. The bandwidth of your network connection is essentially the maximum amount of data that two devices can transfer to each other.
You can think of your bandwidth as the maximum amount of data your internet connection can handle at any one time, just like a water pipe can only hold so much water. And when Windows downloads updates, it can take up a lot of your network bandwidth, which could be especially problematic if you have a limited network connection.
How to change network bandwidth settings for Windows updates
You can easily adjust the network bandwidth used by Windows Update. To do it:
- throw the Settings application through the Begin menu.
- navigate to Windows Update > Advanced Options.
- Low Advanced Optionsselect Delivery optimization and then once again select Advanced Options.
- Low download configurationsyou can choose between a absolute bandwidth either a Percentage of measured bandwidth. Absolute Bandwidth means specifying how many Mbps of your bandwidth Windows Update can use. On the other hand, if you choose the latter, you will have to select a percentage relative to the update source.
- For the desired download settings, adjust the foreground and background download bandwidth.
- Similarly, you can limit the network bandwidth used to upload updates to other PCs on your network under the load configuration section.
Once you’ve configured your network bandwidth, you can easily keep track of how much data Windows Update is using through Activity Monitor, which you can access from the Delivery Optimization menu.
You can also combine this with the tips in our guide on how to limit bandwidth and data usage in Windows to save even more bandwidth.
Monitor your network bandwidth for Windows Update
Windows Updates are useful, but they have a habit of eating up your bandwidth. Now you know how to better manage the amount of data that Windows Update downloads at any given time.